Our little corner of the world is situated in the southeastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. The Sultanate of Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west, Yemen to the southwest, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest. A country of vastly diverse landscapes, Oman is dominated by stark mountains and expansive deserts, and is punctuated with verdant oases, lagoons, and farmland. About 1700 km of coastline stretches from Musandam in the north – known as the “Norway of Arabia” for its fjords – to the tropical greenery of the Dhofar region in the south. The capital city, Muscat, is home to 10% of Oman’s total population of 3,500,000 - about 350,000 people. Of the country’s total residents, 76% are Omanis and 24% are expatriates.
For its size, Oman boasts an exceptional number of UNESCO classified World Heritage Sites, including Ras as Hadd, home of the rare green turtle, and the Bat tombs, which date back over 3,000 years.
Helpful information about life in Oman:
- Click here to visit one of our pages on Omani culture.
- We love Oman, but don’t just take our word for it. Catch an Expert’s View and see why we have many friends and extended family members visit us during the school year.
- The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken in the capital area.
- Electricity is 220/240 volts and 50 cycles.
- The unit of currency is the Omani Rial (RO) comprising 1,000 baizas (bz). One RO is equal to about $2.58 USD. See www.xe.com for daily conversion rates.
- A liter of regular gasoline costs about 120 bz.
- Seat belts are required for all drivers and front-seat passengers in Oman.
- Cell phone use is prohibited while driving in Oman.
- Visitors can drive in Oman as long as they have a valid international driver’s license. As a resident, you will need to obtain an Oman driver’s license.
Useful tools to support a family’s relocation and transition:
- Visit our page, Muscat Connections, to see the many opportunities your family can be involved in after you arrive to Muscat.
- Advantages for Children Living Abroad http://www.moveoneinc.com/blog/relocations/advantages-for-children-livin…
- Muscat Mums Group – www.muscatmums.com
- Children’s books on moving to a new home:http://www.amazon.com/Books-About-Moving-with-Kids/lm/RJY5OA9Z37UT
- A children’s book on moving abroad: The Mission of Detective Mike: Moving Abroad - a story to help expat children understand the relocation process
- TCK: www.tckworld.com/
- Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas - This a comprehensive guidebook for any young adult or family moving overseas. Written by two former expatriate teenagers, this book is the culmination of experiences of students all around the world and of broad consultations with dozens of experts in the field of international relocation.